Cuban athlete reportedly sues Finland for reparations in sex case

One of six Cuban volleyball players arrested in Finland last year on charges of raping a woman in the city of Tampere has sued the Finnish government for 381,000 euros (about $448,000), the Finnish news agency STT reported on Wednesday (Aug. 23).

Luis Tomás Sosa Sierra, 22, was released in June of this year after a court of appeals determined that the charges against him could not be sustained. He is asking 1,000 euros ($1,175) for each of the 362 days that spent in prison before being released.

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According to STT, Sosa’s lawsuit includes the loss of a $20,000 contract that had been offered to him by an Argentine volleyball team before his arrest in Finland in July 2016.

Still remaining in a Finnish prison are defendants Rolando Cepeda Abreu, serving a 2-year 6-month sentence; Osmany Santiago Uriarte Mestre, 4 years; Abrahán Alfonso Gavilán, 15 months; Ricardo Norberto Calvo Manzano, 3 years 6 months, and Osmany Santiago Uriarte Mestre, 4 years. Those are reduced sentences, imposed following an appeal.

Gavilán is expected to be released soon because of “time served.”

Defendant Dariel Albo Miranda was found to be not guilty of the charges during the original trial and returned to Cuba. The victim and his teammates stated that Albo did not participate in the sexual acts.

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